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London, UK

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Michael Burleigh’s Biography

Professor Michael Burleigh is a historian and commentator. His books include the best-selling The Third Reich: A New History; Small Wars, Far Away Places: The Genesis of the Modern World 1945–65, which was long-listed for the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize which he won in 2001, and The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: A History of Now. His book, Populism: Before and After the Pandemic was published in February 2021 and Day of The Assassins: A History of Political Murder was published in May 2021.

Michael has also been active in bringing history to television audiences and won the British Film Institute Award for Archival Achievement. He writes regularly for The Times, Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday on international affairs.

A Professor of Modern History, Michael was the first appointed Engelsberg Chair in History and International Relations at LSE IDEAS, an annual distinguished visiting professorship, delivering public lectures to LSE's foreign policy think tank.
Professor Michael Burleigh is a historian and commentator. His books include the best-selling The Third Reich: A New History; Small Wars, Far Away Places: The Genesis of the Modern World 1945–65, which was long-listed for the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize which he won in 2001, and The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: A History of Now. His book, Populism: Before and After the Pandemic was published in February 2021 and Day of The Assassins: A History of Political Murder was published in May 2021.

Michael has also been active in bringing history to television audiences and won the British Film Institute Award for Archival Achievement. He writes regularly for The Times, Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday on international affairs.

A Professor of Modern History, Michael was the first appointed Engelsberg Chair in History and International Relations at LSE IDEAS, an annual distinguished visiting professorship, delivering public lectures to LSE's foreign policy think tank.

Michael Burleigh’s Newsfeed

The Telegraph
The best new history books to buy for Christmas 2021

Michael Burleigh's latest book, Day of the Assassins, features on The Telegraph's list of history must reads.

Perspective Magazine
The dangerous ruckus over AUKUS

Michael Burleigh believes that the UK's membership of the AUKUS alliance was ill-judged.

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Michael Burleigh’s Background

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Sea Change Partners
Founder and CEO
May 2012 - Present
Michael runs Sea Change Partners, a pure political risk service that advises on major global trends as well as elections, parties, referenda etc. and not on terrorism. The company does not do due diligence or security work.

Michael Burleigh’s Gallery

Media

Five Books | The best books on Assassinations
Interview
Aug 2021
Michael Burleigh recommends the best books on assassinations and the assassins who carry them out, including the role of drones and PR agencies.
History Extra
Interview
Jul 2021
How assassinations have changed history: Michael Burleigh discusses some of history’s key political killings, from Julius Caesar to Abraham Lincoln.
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Publications

Perspective Magazine
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Day of the Assassins: A History of Political Murder
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May 2021
In Day of the Assassins, Michael Burleigh explores the many facets of political assassination, explaining the role of historical precedent, why it is more frequent in certain types of society than others and asking if assassination can either bring about change, or prevent it, and whether, like a contagious disease, political murder can be catching.
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Academic Appointments

London School of Economics IDEAS
Engelsberg Chair of History and International Relations
2019 - 2020
London, UK
The Engelsberg Chair is an annual distinguished visiting professorship for leading Swedish & global scholars who will give public lectures on topics of their choice. The annual post gives LSE IDEAS the opportunity to bring renowned academics to the School for a year of research & discussion.

Michael Burleigh’s Education

University College London
BA First Class Honours Modern History; PhD 1982
1974 - 1977